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Player Zone, the ‘Lord’s Hum’ and Buggy Cam: Innovations abound as COVID-safe Test cricket returns to Sky Sports

International cricket returned this week with the start of the first Test between England and West Indies, a game that was made possible thanks to the teams, match officials and TV crew staying in bio-secure bubbles. But the health and safety regulations and social distancing that have been put in place because of the coronavirus […]  More

“I had a little tear in my eye when the cricket started” – How CTV prepared for the return of live Test matches

CTV Outside Broadcasts is providing the COVID-safe OB facilities for Sky Sports during the Test series between England and West Indies, both at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Old Trafford in Manchester. Speaking to SVG Europe mid-way through Day 2 of the first Test (Thursday, 9 July), CTV commercial manager Angela Gibbons described the […]  More

F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series breaks viewing figures and is set to influence the series going forward

Formula 1 has revealed that its F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series, which ran for the first time this year to fill empty broadcast schedules during the lockdown, has achieved a record-breaking 30m views across TV and digital platforms. Featuring famous F1 drivers, the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series finished last weekend. Julian Tan, […]  More

Return of sport pushes streamed content through the roof in June as viewers get their fix

Viewing figures for streamed sport went through the roof during June as live action returned to European TV screens. Weeks without content drove time watching sports programming to historic lows during March and April, but the time spent streaming sport finally recovered to pre-COVID levels in June, according to a new report from streaming platform […]  More

IMG to oversee coverage of World Table Tennis events from 2021

World Table Tennis (WTT) has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with IMG as it looks to grow the sport around the world. The alliance, which commences in January 2021, includes global media rights development and distribution, betting data and streaming rights for IMG Arena and non-exclusive sponsorship representation. It also includes “production oversight of […]  More

SVG Europe Women to focus on the ‘new normal’ at LaLiga, Premier League and Royal Ascot during 16 July virtual event

SVG Europe Women is pleased to announce a strong line up of speakers discussing the new normal at LaLiga, Premier League and Royal Ascot, for its next event plus virtual ‘hangout’ being held on Thursday 16 July, 4pm (UK time). Guest speakers will be sharing their experiences of what it is like to be back […]  More

Fraunhofer HHI unveils HEVC successor

After devoting several years to its research and standardisation, Fraunhofer HHI – together with partners from industry including Apple, Ericsson, Intel, Huawei, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Sony – has announced the release and official adoption of the new global video coding standard H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC). This new standard offers improved compression, which reduces data requirements […]  More

BBC Studios goes for SES to provide playout and IP distribution services for over 50 channels

BBC Studios (BBCS) and its subsidiary UKTV have selected SES to manage the playout and distribution of over 50 linear channels, and their associated video on demand (VOD) services, SES announced today. SES will provide playout, content processing, distribution, and video on demand (VoD) services, delivering BBCS and UKTV content to a network of affiliates […]  More